A Life Story in Ceramics 1957-2006
Images for this exhibition
Jan de Rooden, Compositie Bol-Balk (1974), h. 31,3 cm, geglazuurd steengoed, schenking kunstenaar en Johnny Rolf, Bol met tuiten (1966), h. 18,4 cm, geglazuurd steengoed
Johnny Rolf, vaas Jungfrau (1965), Pot (1963) en Vaas (1965), h. 18,5 cm , geglazuurd steengoed en porselein (pot), vaas Jungfrau schenking Vrienden van het Gemeentemuseum
Jan de Rooden, Laagland (1965), Stele (1964) en Vaas (1978), h. 46 cm, geglazuurd steengoed, Stele schenking kunstenaar
“Clay is a humble material, but it is productive and well-suited to the expression of an inexhaustible range of thoughts and emotions.” This statement by Jan de Rooden, quoted in the Dutch Ceramists Association journal Keramiek in 2000, is as relevant to the work of his partner Johnny Rolf as it is to his own.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s new exhibition Johnny Rolf and Jan de Rooden. A Life Story in Ceramics 1957-2006 demonstrates the key role played by this husband-and-wife duo in the development of contemporary Dutch ceramics. The show tells the professional life story of these inspired and travel-hungry ceramic artists through more than sixty of their works.